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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
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Apr 07, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: uk-novel
Read from April 07 to 22, 2012

This is the sort of story that English novelists do so very well. An eerie, grand, country house, a gentry family displaced in rapidly changing times, and the sort of neurotic anxieties that can conjure ghosts into being......

Waters describes the predicament of a once prominent Warwickshire family trapped in its decaying country pile with vivid compassion. The interpreting voice, the plebeian GP Dr Faraday, offers the basis for both an objective commentary on their plight, but is also drawn into it emotionally through his developing relationship with Caroline Ayres.

Whether a malevolent spirit ever did stalk the hallways of The Hundreds, or whether it was the dying flutterings of a class that had outlived its time, Waters offers excruciating hints, but its down to the reader to take or leave them.

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